by Pete McCole Tony Stewart addressed the media on Monday for the first time since a New York grand jury cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing in the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug 9. Less than a week after a New York grand jury cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing in the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr., NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart met with the media.
by Pete McCole The opening round of NASCAR's new elimination-format for the Chase for the Sprint Cup is in the books, and when the checkered flag waved at the end of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, 12 drivers moved on while four drivers were on the outside looking in as the first drivers to be eliminated from championship contention. Jeff Gordon punched his ticket into the second round with his first Dover win since 2001, joining previous race winners Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.
First Dover win since 2001 Jeff Gordon has found the Fountain of Youth in 2014. He has the bit between his teeth and wants the 5th Sprint Cup title that has so far eluded him and on Sunday he made a statement in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, beating Brad Keselowski's Ford and his teammate Jimmy Johnson's Chevy. Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-5.
NASCAR In dominating fashion, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Series Dover 200 on Saturday at Dover International Speedway after leading a total of 101 laps out of 200.This was Busch's fifth win at Dover as well as his fifth Nationwide victory of 2014. Busch also saw Dover's Victory Lane in the spring. Coming in second to Busch was defending race winner Joey Logano. The polesitter led 95 of the 200 laps.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kevin Harvick grabbed the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's AAA 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Dover International Speedway. It is the seventh time this season and the 13th in his career that Harvick has won a Coors Light Pole Award. Harvick won the pole with a fast lap of 162.933 mph in the final of two rounds. This is his first career pole at Dover. Joining Harvick on the front row will be Kyle Busch, who also started second in the spring race at Dover.
Grand Jury Clears Tony Stewart of Criminal Charges
by Pete McCole NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart was cleared by a grand jury Wednesday of any wrongdoing in the death of 20-year old sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. during an on-track incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York on Aug. 9. The grand jury had convened in Ontario County, N.Y. for the past two days and found "no basis" to any of the charges brought against Stewart, who was facing possible charges including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
by Pete McCole NASCAR today unveiled their competition rules package for all three of their major touring series for the 2015 season, with an emphasis on additional cost savings, increasing competition on the racetrack and, ultimately, improving the overall racing product. Among the more than 60 rule changes planned to go into effect are a permanent ban on private testing, a reduction in engine horsepower and shorter rear spoilers.
by Dave Grayson I spent the majority of a Sunday evening reading, and then re-reading, five and one half pages of notes I had taken during the ESPN broadcast of the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was rather overwhelming. Then again, so was this race which actually turned out to be the Sylvania 303 due to a green-white-checker finish.
by Stephen Cox The fate of Tony Stewart is now in the hands of a grand jury, and there is no worse place to be. Here is the bottom line reality of what's taking place... The job of a grand jury is to protect defendants from aggressive prosecutors by carefully weighing the evidence and only bringing an indictment when overwhelming probable cause exists. And grand juries did their jobs for over 150 years until the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure were passed in 1944, corrupting the process and rigging the game in favor of prosecutors.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Joey Logano got a good jump on a green-white-checkered restart, allowing him to hold off rookie Kyle Larson and win Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Logano's fourth win of the season was his second career win at Loudon. It also guarantees him a spot in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 104 laps (out of 303), finished third while Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sylvania 300 on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Sunday, he'll try to make it two-for-two in winning races in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski's track qualifying record speed of 140.598 mph topped the charts in the final 10-minute round of qualifying, supplanting Jamie McMurray from the top spot with approximately five minutes remaining. For Keselowski, it's the eighth pole of his career and fifth of 2014. Three of those eight poles have come at Loudon.
Mikey 'Dances With The Stars' and doesn't fall (yet)
by Dave Grayson Backed by a tremendous amount of hoopla, "Dancing With The Stars", (DWTS), made it's highly anticipated season debut September 15th on the ABC Network. I wouldn't know much about that. If by chance there's something that I need to know I can always ask the lady of the house who never misses this program. I really don't have anything against the massive amount of talent shows that dominates the airwaves these days-as long as I don't have to watch them. I honestly respect those who love to dance-as long as I don't have to get out on the dance floor. However, when I learned that NASCAR driver/Fox Sports TV analyst Michael Waltrip was one of the dancing celebrities I knew I had to watch.
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